tv Anderson Cooper Special Report CNN June 29, 2013 8:00pm-9:01pm PDT
>> we will not forget. we will never know your pain, and we only wish that we would have stopped this to reduce the number of victims. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >> mari>juana has not always been hated by the u.s. government. in fact, before 1937, it wasn't even considered an illegal drug. but after prohibition, the government needed a new evil to go after, so they formed the federal bureau of narcotics and put marijuana near the top of the hit list. they've been hating on pot ever since. but in 1996, california became the first state to legalize medical cannabis and 18 other states followed suit. now with more and more states not only decriminalizing, but legalizing marijuana, can the
federal government still believe that pot is as dangerous as heroin? and what will it take for the feds to respect state cannabis laws? turns out, one particular dispensary in oakland, california, could decide the fate of medical marijuana for the entire nation. >> time the go sell some weed. get ready. ♪ in california where we are right now, medical marijuana has been legal since 1996. and once it was made legal, there was a proliferation of dispensaries where people could go and get marijuana, you know,
marijuana products. once they started popping up, then the department of justice started clamping down on them for being illegal. so while it is legal in california for them to sell medical marijuana, it is illegally federally for these places to exist, so it is a catch 22. i don't know, but it is going to be really interesting to see where you should draw the line. is legalization the answer or just opening up a much larger can of worms and a potential for more problems, because that is what a lot of people will argue. the minute you legalize it, we will become a nation of unemployed good for nothing sitting around eating twinkies and not having jobs. >> but in order to purchase or let alone smoke any of that sweet medical mj, first i need a note from my doctor. >> hello. good. is this your first time doing
this? >> yes, it is. >> please fill out the questionnaire. >> i understand under the federal act, that marijuana is highly addictive and potential for abuse -- and it is for treating serious and debilitating conditions, and i acknowledge that i have been advised not to drive vehicles or operate machinery or participate in any active they that requires analytical activities while under the influence of cannabis. have you used any of the following drugs -- opiates, mushrooms, lsd -- a lot of damning information to this questionnaire. >> thanks for filling this out. >> yeah, thank you. >> okay. so, let's see. morgan spurlock, you are 42 years old, and you would like to use marijuana, and you think it might help you for anxiety and insomnia, and you have talked to
the doctor about your insomnia? >> i have. >> and did your doctor have any recommendations? >> yes, he gave me some xanax? >> do you have that prescription bottle with you or not? >>do. >> so the fact that you have a primary doctor, i do a brief physical exam. don't fall asleep here now. >> it wouldn't take much. >> i can tell. i see no reason why you shouldn't try the marijuana. i will make out a recommendation for you, and different strains will help you sleep and different strains will help you to be more alert. and for some people, it can create a little bit of paranoia and anxiety, and depends upon the strain. >> i don't need more paranoia in my life. >> no. most of us don't. >> yeah. >> there it is. wow. not only do i now have a card
that makes me have the ability to buy cannabis in the state of california, but because i have this form, which i was even more shocked by, now i have the ability to grow marijuana, and in the state of california and in san francisco, i can grow up to 24 plants in my backyard if i so wanted to. now that i have my card, the next stop is over in oakland bay. harborside was founded in 2006 as a model of what a medical marijuana dispensary could be. never serve between 600 and 800 patients per day. this is the largest dispensary in the united states, but according to the feds harborside is the largest illegal drug distribution center in the country. and today -- >> hello, man. >> i'm harborside's newest hire. harborside faces an uncertain future, and federal efforts have forced a closure of more than 600 dispensaries in california
alone. u.s. attorney melinda hague has pursued harborside with a vengeance, but they have decided to fight back. within a month, the courts will decide whether or not harborside can continue to do business in california. >> it is a lot nicer than i thought it would be. it looks like a proper health clinic but smells like my college bedroom. >> steve d'angelo is the executive director and co-founder over harborside center. >> welcome to harborside. >> nice to meet you. >> you, too. >> what are the ailments that people are seeking when they come in in here for treatment, what is the scope? >> well, we see everything from very serious illnesses like cancer, hiv, aids, epilepsy to things like anxiety, depression and insomnia, and lot of patients with chronic pain. california law allows doctors to write a recommendation for any condition that can cannabis is active for, and it turns out
that cannabis is effective for a wide range of conditions. >> so what is the first thing that happens? >> well, the first thing that happens is outside. the patient show their medical cannabis identification and photo i.d. before being admitted inside. >> so you can't just walk in from the street? >> right. three patients to come through the door. new patients, returns patients and other patients who are bringing us remaining medicine to distribute to the other patients. this is our reception area here. patients come in. we come in and double-check their cannabis recommendation and make sure that you have not exceeded your maximum amount of visits or amount to purchase and then you can go on to the floor to select your medicine or to take advantage of some of the services available here. we offer acupuncture, and tai chi and yoga and reiki and other services. if they want to come, they can come completely for free. they never have to buy anything.
we also a care package program for low income patients that allows some degree of medicine for free. and now we go into the secure area. >> the first stop is here, the intake department. >> this is the most weed i have ever seen in my life. >> well, you know, when you have 600 or 800 patients coming through, you need to keep some medicine in stock. >> all of the members who are part of the harborside collective are called in to have their cannabis evaluated for quality and purity. and then they have a machine tests the potency and make-up of the plant. you guys invented that? >> we did. >> you are like the eli whitney of marijuana, and that is your cotton gin right there? >> yes. >> and the weed has to meet
stiff standards. it is weighed out and processed for sale. they insist all the steps are taken to ensure the safety and quality of the medicine, but according to the feds, every step is illegal. >> step over here and i will show you what the typical process is for the patients to select their medicine. cannabis contains 65 unique compounds called cannabioids and there are 600 strains that we know about. now, the interesting thing is that unlike varieties of wine all of which make you feel basically the same, each variety of cannabis has a slightly different effect. harborside classifies four major different types of cannabis. there are either indica or sativa dominant.
>> what is the difference? >> this one is a more cerebral and energizing effect. indica produces a more sedative, relaxing and pain controlling type of effect where sativa is more uplifting and energizing effect. so we encourage patients not to consume raw cannabis flowers by means of smoking. so if i had a patient who came to me and complaining of chronic pain that woke them up at night or insomnia and what they really wanted from the medicine was the ability to get a good solid night's sleep, i would probably recommend to them one of these capsules here. >> where do these capsules come from? >> these are capsules made from the patients. >> that is not all they make. tinctures for nausea and skin cancer lesions, and even lotions and salves and treatments for
all kinds of ailments. >> it is very important that patients have a wide range of varieties of cannabis and also a wide range of forms of cannabis medicines. >> and you might have guessed that harborside does a wide array of business and it is true. on average they sell $75,000 worth every day. it is no surprise that it has a top notch security system complete with locks and a reinforced vault. >> so all money every night is locked up. >> yeah. i created harborside to set a standard of excellence that the rest of the industry hopefully would emulate. that would allow us to show the rest of america that this is a substance not to be afraid of but really something to embrace. >> but why a nonprofit? why not say we are making $25 millioa year and we should make it a for-profit business to make some money? >> well, because the california law requires us to be a
nonprofit, and we are committed to being 100% compliant to the law, and we take that nonprofit mandate very, very seriously. but if they saw fit to make this activity a profit-making activity. we would embrace that with equal enthusiasm. >> i bet you would. >> what is the plan for tomorrow? >> tomorrow at 8:30, an all staff meeting. to update and discuss our legal situation with the federal government. then after that we'll put you to work. see you then. >> i am blown away by how well the business is organized. the last thing would you expect is for them to have a really organized business. and it is really impressive.
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today's my first day of work at harborside health clinic. even though more and more states believe marijuana should be legal, the federal government feels otherwise. harborside's problems with the feds began back in 2009 with an irs audit. next, the treasury department interfered with their banking operations.
and finally, the u.s. attorney filed civil asset forfeiture proceedings in july of 2012 meaning that all of harborside's profit and assets are now vulnerable to seizure. even though harborside is fully compliant with the california law, the federal government used the dispensary as a criminal organization. but harborside has chosen to fight back and has an unusual ally in their corner, the city of oakland has taken the u.s. government to court to keep harborside up and running. this marks the first time any city has taken the u.s. government to court over its marijuana laws. >> so our next big test is going to be december 20th. it's going to be a really historic day of hearings. critical constitutional issues about the power of localities, cities, states, and the federal government and their relationships to each other are going to be discussed and implicated in this case. it is a case of huge national importance.
first, we're going to hear a motion from the city to completely stop any further proceedings. if the judge were to rule on that motion that day, it would stop everything dead in its tracks and probably never resurrect it again. then we're going to hear motions from our landlords for the court to issue an order for us to cease and desist selling cannabis. if we win, that means we get our day in court and we will win. we will be in front of a bay area jury. all we have to prove is more harm will result from closing harborside than results from allowing harborside to stay open. i can make that case to a bay area jury with my hands tied behind my back, blindfolded, and with a gag in my mouth. [ applause ] if we lose those injunctions, we will be issued with a cease and desist order. so what that means is we may be looking at a situation where we
may need to adapt our business model. but i'll tell you one thing for sure and certain, we will keep the commitment that we made to our patients six years ago, more than six years ago, to provide them with the highest quality medicine and the highest quality patient care possible. that we will never, ever abandon the patients who depend on us. ♪ >> harborside. >> please. >> attention harborside, attention harborside. the time is now 10:00 and harborside is open. please return your channels to channel three. >> how are you doing today? what do you need today? >> here's the cheese dream. >> that one's really interesting. >> thank you. then i also need a single dose bar, dark chocolate.
you're here with your son. >> my son. >> what do you use the extract for, sir? >> heal sores, carpal tunnel. >> diabetes. >> i have trouble sleeping. >> i have a herniated disk in my back and it helps the muscles relax. >> you sure can. >> chocolate chip. chocolate chip. chocolate. what were you taking before? >> i was taking antidepressant, synthetic hormones, sleeping medication. something to combat the side effect from the antidepressant. >> medication to deal with your other medication. i was taking mood stabilizer, took it for three days and made my kidney start to bleed. so were you having internal bleeding or, like, peeing out blood? >> peeing out blood. i'm a young guy at the time. i didn't at the time, and i was like, i don't want to deal with that and i felt fine after i smoke the right kind of strain. >> a lot of seniors grew up as i
did thinking it was something only jazz musicians did. but we've all evolved. the whole country is evolving. >> hug it out, man. >> i'll see you then. >> thanks, have a good night. >> see, this place is all about the love. that's what i like. not any attitude. not any, you know, angry people coming in. nobody screaming. nobody yelling. it's all very kind of calm, cool, collected. it's nice. stand inside of a liquor store for an hour and see who comes, like, stumbling into a liquor store. it's filled with angry people. not a lot of happy people wandering into a liquor store. very different vibe here. next customer? why do you like this place? >> it's a really well-run establishment. it's clean. everyone's friendly. it's nice here. >> so that's $96 so far, pretax,
before tax. how are you? >> i'm good. what's your name? >> my name is captain bob. >> so you're a veteran? >> i spent a lot of time in vietnam. >> is that where a lot of your pain comes from? comes from then? >> oh, yeah. no question about it. >> what kind of injuries did you have coming out of vietnam? >> i had three bullet holes in this leg. i don't take any more vicodin. i don't take any more of those pills. >> you're off them >> nothing. nothing. i go home and have some of this, i sleep good. >> yeah. >> i'm not in pain. >> see you next time you come in. thanks. >> very, very much. appreciate it. >> see you again. thank you, sir. >> don't let them son of a bitches close you up. >> thanks, robert.
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what's interesting about marijuana, it's a schedule 1 narcotic, and all of this started because of richard nixon. richard nixon ultimately wanted to overthrow the, you know, the crazy hippies that were, like, part of this peace and love movement that he saw as being destructive to america. and so he was able to get it classified as a schedule 1 narcotic carrying the same type of legal ramifications as if you were caught with heroin, or today, methamphetamines. schedule 1 narcotics are defined as having three key traits. drug or substance has high
potential for abuse. it currently has no accepted medical use in treatment in the united states. and it's been deemed unsafe for use under medical supervision. it's estimated that the united states spends around $40 billion fighting the war on drugs annually. and $13.7 billion of that is spent on marijuana. all this despite evidence that marijuana is far less addictive than even alcohol or tobacco which together accounts for hundreds of thousands of american deaths each year. >> continuing coverage of the federal war on california pot shops. tonight, we've confirmed that two valley pot shops have now been shut down by the feds and this is important. the shutdown came without warning. those two dispensary raids appear to be connected to the discovery of a large marijuana-growing operation two weeks ago in this stockton warehouse. public records show corporate paperwork for the medicine dispensary goes to matthew davies, the property manager in stockton. >> you ready to do this?
>> yes. >> matt davies was federally indicted for growing the very marijuana that he sold in his two california dispensaries. unlike steve deangelo at harborside health, matt is facing a criminal prosecution as a result. now matt, an mba with a wife and two young children, is facing up to 40 years in federal prison. >> the case of matt davies more than any other case in this country demonstrates the conflict between state law and federal law with regards to medical marijuana. matt davies is facing federal charges for manufacture of marijuana, even though the people of california voted overwhelmingly to permit medical marijuana use. matt worked hard to follow state law. he read the statements by candidate obama, then president obama and his justice department saying if you follow state law, you will not be prosecuted by the federal government. those statements that matt relied on ended up to be false. >> thank you, everybody. thank you. >> it was in 2008 when then-candidate barack obama
denounced the bush administration raids on medical cannabis. >> youtube post shows the campaigning barack obama calling dea raids on medical marijuana shops a waste of taxpayer money. >> what i'm not going to be doing is using justice department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue. >> are you prepared to take the oath, senator? >> i am. >> upon taking office, the obama administration made his campaign statements official policy. with the justice department releasing the ogden memo. this suggested that the government would no longer focus resources on individuals whose action were in clear and unambiguous compliance with state laws. basically, if you were using or growing marijuana for medical purposes in states where it was legal, you wouldn't have to worry about the feds knocking down your door. this policy shift led to medical marijuana dispensaries proliferating all across states that had previously legalized it. contradictory to what the ogden memo stated, in the following two years of its release, the
department of justice actually increased its raids. in 2011, as the crackdowns continued, the justice department released a subsequent memo saying the medical marijuana patients would be free from prosecution but not industrial growers. by april 2012, the number of dispensaries raided grew to nearly 200, resulting in over 60 federal indictments. that's more raids in the first four years of the obama administration than in all eight years of the george w. bush presidency. >> harborside was a model that we looked to and were very happy with. we thought steve was a pioneer in the industry, and we thought he was definitely somebody to look at to do things right. the only way we diverged, which i guess became our downfall, we knew steve was beholden to that wholesale market and thus his patients were paying much higher prices really than they should have to.
and we thought, how can we do it better than steve? we can vertically integrate so we can lower the price of medicine so we can offer the same equivalent product that steve did at 40% less. >> there you go. >> when i plotted my worst-case scenarios, the idea of federal intervention was not one of them. i was naive in trusting the government and what they said. >> today i don't accept my husband is going to prison. i'm afraid of it, but i don't accept it's going to happen. i think there has to be someone who sees the situation and realizes what a gross injustice it would be to put him in prison. >> dispensaries can't stay open without a steady supply of product to sell. cannabis is a plant, and for harborside to operate, someone has to grow it. in california, dispensaries are
state licensed but not any of the growers. leaving them with no real legal protection and living under the constant threat of prosecution. once targeted, the growing operation's legal consequences can be much more severe than a dispenary's. as they are often subject to severe mandatory federal sentences. >> so i'm locked in the back of a blacked out van somewhere in northern california being driven to an undisclosed location where they grow vast amounts of marijuana. there have been some other stipulations we have to follow now. we can't show any of the who work there, any of the people who works there, their faces. we can't show any hands or body parts. this isn't sketchy at all. we're driving into a building right now. hear the dogs?
now they're closing the doors so we won't know where we are. they're getting out. >> when it comes to growing operations, at least in the eyes of the federal government, bigger isn't better. every time california or any other state have attempted to license a large-scale growing operation, the government has stepped in and prohibited them from doing so. growers rarely publicize their operations out of fear of being raided and arrested. this grower agreed to take us around the facility, but out of fear of prosecution, would not appear on camera and made us alter his voice. he was the only one we found who would talk to us. is what you're doing legal in the eyes of the government or no? >> which government? state, federal? >> what does the state government say? >> state we are compliant. federal we are not.
>> would you be arrested or just confiscate everything? >> we don't know. nobody ever really knows what happens. i mean, every story is different. this is actually a room that is just set up to go into flower. >> okay. this is like such a massive setup. this is only one room. how many rooms like this do you have? >> two. i would say this is a small to medium size commercial facility. >> okay. >> there's 100 lights here. there are people with football-sized fields of lights. this city has no industry. so without us, the city would be even more -- they say that one in three warehouses in this city are closed. >> one in three? >> one in three. >> wow. that's amazing. so these are all the lights for all the lights that are in the rooms. you have the air ventilation system that keeps the air circulating. you look, these are the charcoal filters. what each one of these round charcoal filters does is filters out the air so you don't ever
get that marijuana smell. and just here in these two rooms is about $500,000 worth of materials. before they even grow plant number one. it's -- it's unbelievable. whoa. look at this. holy cow. it's like a cheech and chong dream in here. when you harvest how many pounds will come out of 180 plants? >> we would hope for a pound per light. >> a pound per light. so how many lights? >> there are 50 lights. >> you're hoping for 50 pounds. so let's do the math. the current price of a pound of og kush is $2,700. this one room with its 50 lights will produce $135,000 worth of product. the growing cycle takes three months, so that's about $540,000 a year from each room. >> once you take off your expenses, you have a room that costs you $500,000, and you pay your employees and their dividends.
what do you take home? >> you would have to ask that question at the he said of the year. we just became cash positive. to be honest with you, i have not cashed a paycheck in a year. one of the reasons i'm here, i believe in the movement. with that being said, there's a lot of money to be made here. >> thank you very much for today. this is great. i appreciate it. see you on the other side. [ female announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion.
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harborside has built its reputation on its commitment to patient service. today i'm experiencing this firsthand. going out on runs in their newly minted delivery service. >> all right. let's ride out. >> in response to the constant threat of having their physical service shut down, harborside started delivery service to make sure they could continue to get their medication to their patients. how many deliveries do you do in a day? >> anywhere from 25 to 40 or so deliveries in a day. >> and what are the customers like? are they people who can't travel or they're old? what is it? >> you get a pretty good mix. some people just really enjoy the convenience of it. there are a lot of senior citizens. there's patients that are quadriplegics. of course, a lot of veterans. some people just can't get a ride or have lost their ride. >> okay. >> i know there's patients that lost their ride because the
person who used to give them that ride is now kind of sketched out about all the federal attention. some people don't want to come to the main dispensaries. >> where's the most interesting place you've ever made a delivery? >> i think a church. i didn't personally make the delivery, but i know one of my drivers did have to go to a church. yep. >> is what you do legal? >> what we do is legal in the state of california. >> okay. >> of course, federally, it is still 100% prohibited. >> hey. >> how are you? >> hi. >> during delivery, i.d.s were examined and orders checked, the same thoroughness as at the dispensary. >> go ahead and count that. >> okay. there's $53. >> because of federal crackdowns on banks and credit card companies who had dealings with dispensaries, all of harborside's transaction are conducted in cash. >> why is marijuana such an important part of your life? >> i have a history of being extremely underweight. i go down to 80 pounds. that's not good.
but if i smoke a little before each meal, i find i can eat more. >> what happened to your foot? are you okay? >> this is the purpose why you guys are over here visiting myself today. >> oh, what happened? >> i broke my ankle. >> gabrielle is a caregiver for her husband. a veteran who did three tours of duty and who currently struggles with post traumatic stress disorder. how long has your husband been on medical marijuana now? >> three years. >> how was it before? >> oh, that was not a pretty picture because we have to give him medicine. i think it was just making him more numb and not getting any results. versus using pot, he's always on control. he can be someone that i can manage to be around and not afraid. because a lot of the times when they get out, they like to be isolated. they don't like to be around many people.
we have kids. you need to be around. >> do you have, like, friends or family who think it's a mistake that you give it to him? >> my grandmother. >> yeah. >> my grandmother is 95 years old. hello. i can't change that. >> hello, hello. >> hey, hi. how are you? >> i'm good. i'm good. come on in. >> thanks. >> i'm not trying to be a vegetable and i'm not trying to be on something that i won't ever be able to get off of. >> right. >> with many of these pharmacological things are about. >> after you went off chemo, what did going on the natural remedies, you're going on to the cannabis, the hemp oils, do for you? >> they help me sleep and that's very, very important when you're trying to heal to get the regenerative sleep. and also my brain function is coming back and i have five beautiful children and six gorgeous grandchildren. i love them all. and so, you know, i want to be around. you know, i want to be around, but i want to be around and i want to be effective. >> why do you think there's so much pushback, you know, not
just in california, but now across the country with regards to medical marijuana? >> because the pharmaceutical companies want to keep us so wrapped up in taking pills. you know, it's just pushing, pushing, pushing against what's natural, what we can do for ourselves, how we can find new ways to stay healthy and this whole mindset that you feel the pain, you go to the doctor, get a pill, take the pill and that's supposed to make you well. and so i just really think it's about money. >> sandra may have a valid point. after all, three-quarters of americans are in favor of medical marijuana. 18 states and washington, d.c., have formally legalized it for medical use. 14 states have decriminalized pot. and most recently, washington and colorado have outright legalized it altogether. so if the country seems to be increasingly in favor of decriminalizing marijuana and legalizing it for medical use, why is the federal government so steadfast in its opposition? well, one reason could be the
lobbyists. the alcohol industry, for-profit prisons and rehab centers all stand to lose billions of dollars from pot's legalization. and law enforcement, as well as many government departments and career politicians, could lose jobs if the war on pot ends. industries like these have a history of not letting anything get in the way of their profits. u.s. attorney melinda haag issued a statement about harborside which i find to be pretty compelling. she basically says she now needs to consider actions regarding marijuana superstores such as harborside because the larger the operation, the greater the likelihood there will be abuse of the state's medical marijuana laws and marijuana in the hands of individuals who do not have a demonstrated medical need. so basically what she's saying is you're so big and you're so successful that because of that we want to make sure by attacking you, no illegal ones pop up. that we're going to basically shut you down.
it is -- it's kind of dumbfounding. i'm going to call melinda haag and see what the word is from her. yes, i'm trying to reach melinda haag. great, thank you. >> you have reached the voicemail of melinda haag, u.s. attorney for the northern district of california. please leave a message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. >> yes, i'm trying to reach u.s. attorney melinda haag. this is morgan spurlock calling. i wanted to speak to you about harborside and the actions currently being put against them. if you could call me back, i'd love to talk to you when you have a chance. thank you, bye. nobody there. we're going to keep calling. >> not able to take your call right now. please leave your name, number. >> morgan spurlock calling for melinda haag. >> i'm not able to take your call right now. >> yes, i'm trying to reach melinda haag's office, please.
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with the court date in just a few days, we're heading to san francisco to meet up with henry wikowski, the lawyer who represents harborside health center. harborside is operating in dangerous legal waters. no dispensary has ever successfully fought back against the federal government and no city has come to a dispensary's aid like oakland. the city sees harborside as a model of a responsible business, estimating it's taken $20 million out of street dealer hands. i'm morgan spurlock. nice to meet you. why did you decide to take on their case? >> i admire what they're doing. i enjoy taking on challenging cases. it would be most unfortunate if harborside were closed down because the federal government would be depriving the states and other dispensaries over a model they should aspire to emulate. harborside and you, you and
harborside, are the first medical cannabis dispensary that has really stood up to the federal government. they've done this to other dispensaries, but they have all quietly closed down. >> why do more people not fight back? >> they're scared and it's very expensive. the odds are overwhelming. it's very few people that are willing to stand up to the united states of america. and that's what he's doing. he's willing to make a sacrifice for what he believes in. i mean, this is the united states of america versus harborside. >> the day steve deangelo has been waiting for is finally here. chief federal justice maria alaina james is hearing their motions. and she could effectively shut down harborside for good. >> i love you. >> i know if i died tomorrow that my life's work is going to be accomplished, and i don't
think the drug warriors like melinda haag can say the same thing. >> thank you so much. i really appreciate it. >> all right. all right. there's henry. >> the precedent-setting ruling today will likely help shape the future of cannabis for patients, for proprietors and all of the states that have these laws on their books. >> i'm all set, baby. >> we're going to win. >> we are going to win. absolutely, that's what we came here to do. >> for steve, a win means everything. a loss would be devastating. [ male announcer ] imagine this cute little orange blob is metamucil... and this park is the inside of your body. you see the special psyllium fiber in metamucil actually gels to trap and remove some waste. and that gelling also helps to lower some cholesterol.
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steve has received the ruling from the judge, and a meeting to announce the decision to harborside staff and supporters has been called. >> i'm very happy to report to you that the federal judge in our case, judge maria alaina james, ruled in our favor, said that harborside does not have to stop selling cannabis. our landlords cannot stop us to force selling cannabis. our doors are going to remain open. [ applause ]
>> even though this is a great victory for harborside, their fight isn't over yet. the federal government is still focused on shutting them down. the next step is a trial. >> take care. bye-bye. >> only time will tell if the will of the people is more powerful than the 42-year-old laws of the federal government. >> people will look at steve and say, ah, he's some crazy old stoner running this business, but i think what he's doing is really kind of changing the tide and the perception of what medical marijuana really is. i mean, i think he's proving that there's a market for it. i think he's proving there's a need for it and i think he's proving there's a way to do it safely, efficiently, and what will really start to turn people around to this notion is when they see that there's a business to it. when they see it's not just
shady guys on a street corner, people hanging out in tank tops with guns selling drugs. they see that it's, you know, people who are running clean establishments, that are safe, that ultimately not only generate revenue for a city, but generate, you know, vast amounts of tax revenue for the country. i mean, it could really -- it could really change things. and if the government decides to regulate and tax, we might soon be calling the bureau of atf, the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms, and marijuana. on february 14th, 2013 judge james ruled the city of oakland had no standing in suing the federal government on behalf of harborside and threw the case out. harborside is awaiting a trial date to present their case in front of a bay area jury. the court date will most likely be scheduled for some time in 2014. facing the possibility of a much longer sentence, on may 31st, matt davies accepted a plea deal that will send him to federal prison for the mandatory minimum of five years.
as for u.s. attorney melinda haag, i've called and called and called and nothing. that's what i'm getting from my phone calls right now. ♪ good evening, i'm anderson cooper. in early june, southern california was the scene of a deadly shooting rampage. the suspect murdered five people, including his own father and brother before he was shot and killed. each time these crimes occur, we ask what could have been done to prevent it? were there any warning signs? often it's the team that are closest, their spouses, relatives who feel the most responsible. tonight, a perspective of the most troubled and violent among those. we hear from wives, daughters, brothers and fathers of those who would commit unspeakable acts.